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2011 Year in Review -- Part I

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The first West Coast Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle was launched from Space Launch Complex-6 here Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at 1:10 p.m carrying a classified payload, L-49, into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The first West Coast Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle was launched from Space Launch Complex-6 here Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at 1:10 p.m carrying a classified payload, L-49, into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Frances Singson views the first West Coast Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex-6 here Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at 1:10 p.m. PST. The largest rocket ever to launch from the West Coast of the United States carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Frances Singson views the first West Coast Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex-6 here Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at 1:10 p.m. PST. The largest rocket ever to launch from the West Coast of the United States carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Gen William Shelton, the Air Force Space Command commander, hands the guidon to Lt Gen Susan Helms, the 14th Air Force commander at the Joint Air and Space Operations Center during the 14th Air Force Change of Command here Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. Lt Gen Larry James, former 14th Air Force commander, relinquished the command to General Helms.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Gen William Shelton, the Air Force Space Command commander, hands the guidon to Lt Gen Susan Helms, the 14th Air Force commander at the Joint Air and Space Operations Center during the 14th Air Force Change of Command here Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. Lt Gen Larry James, former 14th Air Force commander, relinquished the command to General Helms. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Pararescueman from the 31st Rescue Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, jumps during the rescue jump master course here Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.  The pararescuemen trained jumping toward a target in the water.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Pararescueman from the 31st Rescue Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, jumps during the rescue jump master course here Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. The pararescuemen trained jumping toward a target in the water. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Gen. William Shelton, the Air Force Space Command commander, held a commander's call at the theater here Feb. 2. The commander's call was General Shelton's first address to Vandenberg after taking command of AFPSC Jan. 5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Pararescueman from the 31st Rescue Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, jumps during the rescue jump master course here Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. The pararescuemen trained jumping toward a target in the water. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Gen. William Shelton, the Air Force Space Command commander, held a commander's call at the theater here Feb. 2. The commander's call was General Shelton's first address to Vandenberg after taking command of AFPSC Jan. 5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Gen. William Shelton, the Air Force Space Command commander, held a commander's call at the theater here Feb. 2. The commander's call was General Shelton's first address to Vandenberg after taking command of AFPSC Jan. 5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- A Minotaur I rocket was launched from Space Launch Complex-8 here at 4:26 a.m. (PST) Feb. 6. The rocket carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Minotaur I rocket was launched from Space Launch Complex-8 here at 4:26 a.m. (PST) Feb. 6. The rocket carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The monthly 30th Space Wing run March 31, 2011.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The monthly 30th Space Wing run March 31, 2011.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Supporters of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Child Abuse Prevention pose for a photo after the Fit-to-Fight Run at the parade grounds here Thursday, March 31, 2011. Participants of the run were authorized to wear blue T-shirts in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month or teal T-shirts in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Supporters of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Child Abuse Prevention pose for a photo after the Fit-to-Fight Run at the parade grounds here Thursday, March 31, 2011. Participants of the run were authorized to wear blue T-shirts in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month or teal T-shirts in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)